Topic: Aviation and Aerospace

Privacy & Cybersecurity Newsletter – November 2019

Locke Lord’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Newsletter provides topical snapshots of recent developments in the fast-changing world of privacy, data protection, and cyber risk management. For further information on any of the subjects covered in the newsletter, please contact one of the members of our privacy and cybersecurity team.

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White House Issues Memorandum Announcing UAS/Drone Integration Pilot Program

On October 25, 2017, the White House issued its previously-rumored Presidential Memorandum (“Memorandum”) calling for the establishment of a UAS Integration Pilot Program (“Program”) to test the further integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS” or “drones”) into the national airspace system (“NAS”) in a select number of State, local and tribal jurisdictions. 

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Hurricane Harvey Has and Will be a Test for Many – Including Drones

A primary use case for drones in the insurance industry is the safer, quicker and more accurate adjustment of claims. With displaced insureds, flooded streets, and significant property damage that could remain inaccessible for extended periods, the ability for insurance companies to quickly and relatively conveniently fly their drones and adjust claims will be on full display.

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Insights into antitrust issues with joint underwriting focus of Mealey’s Emerging Insurance Disputes article from Locke Lord

Insurance companies face increased scrutiny from both government antitrust enforcers and the plaintiff antitrust class action bar. With many companies now undertaking a reassessment of their practices for compliance with antitrust laws, antitrust issues are arising with joint underwriting arrangements, such as pools and binding authorities, where a single underwriter prices and accepts risks on common terms for several insurers.

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World Trade Center Developers Were Fully Compensated by $4.091 Billion in Insurance Proceeds, and Thus Cannot Recover Additional Funds from Insurers

On Wednesday U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein dismissed on summary judgment a lawsuit by several companies associated with World Trade Center developer Larry Silverstein (the “WTC Developers”) which sought to recover funds from a $1.2 billion settlement between their insurers and several airlines and airport security companies (the “Aviation Defendants”).

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